I love the movie Howards End, the best of the Merchant/Ivory works based on Forster. I didn't buy the original DVD, because I had heard that the quality was bad. That version is out of print, and can hardly be found anywhere. A couple of weeks ago, I found a used copy of the VHS version of the movie, which I bought for $2. When I watched it, I realized that it was pan and scan, which gave me a headache. I decided to bite the bullet, and look for the original version of Howards End on DVD, perhaps on eBay. I found a seller on Amazon, and paid $70 for an unwrapped copy. It arrived today. What a surprise! It isn't the old version of the DVD at all, but a NEW version, newly mastered, part of the Merchant/Ivory collection put out by Criterion. Huh? I never saw this in stores. When I opened the case, the disk says DISK 1. Huh? There is only one disk. (There are no special features). It turns out that this edition was pulled from the shelves (sold only at Costco). There is to be a 2-disk edition sometime in 2005. This is perhaps old news to those of you in the know, but it sure came as a big surprise (at a big cost) to me. Still, I'm very pleased to have the re-mastered movie. And it was a fun experience buying it this way.